Here’s the electric car Mercedes is building to take on Tesla

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Mercedes-Benz is planning to release an all-electric SUV in 2019.

The German automaker in September unveiled its electric SUV concept at the Paris Motor Show that will serve as the basis for a production car coming in 2019. Mercedes isn’t the only automaker looking to tap into electric SUVs; Volkswagen and Jaguar are also releasing their own SUVs by 2020.

At a time when demand for smaller sedans is waning, automakers are recognizing that SUVs might be the right way to encourage consumers to adopt electric cars.

Scroll down for a closer look at Mercedes’ Tesla rival, which will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in January:


Called the Generation EQ, the SUV concept is expected to have a range up to 310 miles.

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Mercedes said the car would have a total output of 300 kW and could accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour, or 62 mph, in under 5 seconds.

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Mercedes is referring to the concept car as a “close-to-production concept vehicle,” so we can expect these specs to stay relatively the same.

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The production version of the SUV is expected to hit the roads in 2019, Dieter Zetsche, the head of the Mercedes-Benz car division, said at the Paris Motor Show press event.

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The car is expected to fall in the same price range as the GLC Crossover, which starts at $39,150. That’s a very competitive price for an electric SUV, considering Chevy Bolt’s all-electric SUV, which began shipping earlier this month, starts at $37,500.

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The interior comes with a massive 24-inch display that shows speed, range, driving data, and navigation information. The display will both alert the driver if the car is running low on battery and point out nearby charging stations.

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The steering wheel also comes with touch controls.

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The SUV comes with some autonomous features, but not many. Mercedes says the car can automatically adjust the speed and driving dynamics when approaching curves.

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The car is part of Mercedes’ efforts to ramp up its electric-car offerings. Daimler’s chief development officer, Thomas Weber, said in May that Mercedes-Benz was aiming to add four new electric cars to its model range by 2020.

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